April 14, 2017
Join the poets for the launch of a new round of Poetry on Buses — the King County program that puts poems on buses, light rail and streetcars throughout the county for the next year. The official launch party will be Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. It’s free.
Also starting on April 24, you can visit the Poetry on Buses website to view a new poem each day.
September 6, 2016
If you are a King County, Washington, resident, you are encouraged to submit a poem for the next round of Poetry on Buses. 365 poems will be selected for online publication and some of those will be featured in King County Metro and Sound Transit buses, trains and stations in 2017.
The deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016, 11:59pm PDT. The theme is “Your Body of Water” and the length is a maximum of 50 words, not including the title. See the complete guidelines on the Poetry on Buses website.
July 6, 2016
This is a follow-up to a January post about a poetry-on-the-bus program in Vancouver, Washington. A celebration over the holiday weekend marked the launch of the second round of poems — a selection of student work submitted by participants in Clark County’s Poets in the Schools program.
Spearheaded by Vancouver poet laureate Christopher Luna, this phase of Poetry Moves features the work of ten young poets. The poems will circulate on C-Tran buses through December 2016. For details and photos, see “Poetry Moves: Young poets’ works adorn C-Tran buses” in The Columbian and “Poetry Moves Phase Two Begins July 3 with students from the Poets in the Schools Program” on Printed Matter Vancouver.
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May 5, 2016
Heads up, King County (Washington) poets: Poetry on Buses will be headed your way soon. The 2014/15 program accepted 365 poems, which were posted inside Metro Transit buses and published online. (You can still read them on the Poetry on Buses site.)
The 2016/17 project, directed by Poet Planner Jourdan Imani Keith, anticipates accepting an equal number of poems and encourages King County writers of all ages, all levels of experience and all languages to submit their work on the theme “Your Body of Water.”
“We are all bodies of water, connected to one another through the water web. Your body of water is connected to streams, rivers, lakes, tides, waterfalls, toilets and faucets, to present homes, childhood homes and ancestral ones by memory, by the water cycle, by stories. Come, tell your story through poetry.”
Submissions will be accepted May 15 – September 30, 2016, and along with buses and online viewing, this year’s winning poems will also be seen inside Sound Transit trains. Watch for updates on the Poetry on Buses website or sign up for email updates. Meanwhile, Poetry on Buses is hosting a series of free, bilingual community poetry workshops in King County starting May 1 and running through September.
November 24, 2014
We’ve previously mentioned Seattle’s Poetry on Buses project…and here’s a bonus. In addition to 125 poems on Metro’s RapidRide buses, and a new poem every day plus a weekly featured poet on the Poetry on Buses site, the project has also enlivened bus stations throughout King County with images of poets and poems.
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Photo by Katherine Taylor
and thanks to Two Sylvias Press for the heads-up on Facebook!
November 8, 2014
Celebrate with poets, musicians and bus riders of every stripe as Poetry on Buses marks its official launch on Monday, November 10, 2014, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. The event is free and will include readings by 36 local poets in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese; live music by Love City Love; special appearances by Seattle Fandango Project, Marianna and Youth Speaks Seattle; and the premiere of the Writing Home Collection — all 365 poems!
If you can’t make it to the party — or even if you do — you can enjoy a new poem every day for the next year (starting Monday) by visiting Poetry on Buses.
October 1, 2014
This year’s ambitious King County, Washington, project known as Poetry on Buses is nearing completion and getting ready for a November launch.
Founded in 1992, Poetry on Buses is sponsored by 4Culture and King County Metro. The 2014 project, coordinated by poet Roberto Ascalon, involved a series of eight Community Poetry Workshops (in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese) and yielded a selection of 365 winning poems.
All 365 poems will be featured, one a day, on the Poetry on Buses website and 125 of them will appear on select RapidRide buses or stations around King County.
The official launch party will be held on Monday, November 10, 2014, at Seattle’s Moore Theatre. All of the poems will be on display, 36 of the poets will read, plus there will be live music and special guests. It’s free, so mark your calendar, visit Poetry on Buses on Facebook, and then watch for the roll-out of Poetry on Buses around King County.
Here’s a link to more poetry on buses projects.